Drive received critical acclaim upon its release in 2011. Critics lauded Refn's direction, the cast (especially Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks), Martinez's score, the visual style and action sequences, though some critics thought the violence was off-putting. To date, the film has a 93% “fresh” rating and an 8.3 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 234 reviews. From the Rotten Tomatoes' consensus: "With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action." It has a 78 score on Metacritic, based on 43 reviews. It was one of the highest-ranked and most-featured films on critics’ year-end top 10 lists. It ranked as fourth best film of the year, behind The Tree of Life, The Artist, and Melancholia on Metacritic's tally of top 10 lists. On Movie City News’ tally it ranked third, behind The Tree of Life and The Descendants.
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